David Israelite

  1. Morning Fix: Amazon's Licensing Approach Could be Digital Music's Future; Twitter COO Resigns; Katy Perry and Staples 'Make Roar Happen'

    June 13, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE WHY AMAZON'S APPROACH TO LICENSING COULD BE THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL MUSIC Even though the just-launched Amazon Music Price is receiving some criticism, it hints at a future with different types o ...

  2. Annual NMPA Meeting Addresses Membership Benefits, Technological Advances, Songs as 'Hopes and Dreams'

    June 12, 2014 2:44 PM EDT While the U.S. music publishing industry may have generated an annual revenue of $2.21 billion in 2013, National Music Publishers Association president and CEO David Israelite estimated (at the organization's annual meeting on June 11) that i ...

  3. NMPA Launches Suits Against Infringing Lyric Sites

    May 21, 2014 2:38 PM EDT The National Music Publishers Assn. is saying it has taken a last-resort approach and filed lawsuits against two lyric websites it claims is infringing copyright laws by posting lyrics without getting licenses from -- or paying -- rightsholders. T ...

  4. Songwriter Equity Act Picks Up Momentum in Senate, Aims to Modernize Copyright Law

    May 12, 2014 8:39 PM EDT The Songwriter Equity Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in February, is picking up momentum with three Senators introducing their version for the Senate. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (both R-Tenn.) and Orrin Hatch ...

  5. New Legislation Seeks to Modernize Copyright Act to Benefit Songwriters

    February 25, 2014 11:31 AM EST 47 1.09 k 271 17 A member of Congress has introduced legislation this morning aimed at ensuring that the Copyright Royalty Board also consider fair market value when setting songwriter mechanical royalty rates for digital services. The legislation was int ...

  6. Rep. Jerrold Nadler Selected to Head House Judiciary Subcommittee That Oversees Copyright

    January 29, 2014 3:32 PM EST Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has been elected ranking minority member of the House Judiciary subcommittee that oversees issues vital to the music industry. A member of the House Judiciary Committee for 22 years, Nadler's selection is expected t ...

  7. Rap Genius and Sony/ATV Reveal Licensing Deal (Exclusive)

    November 14, 2013 8:45 AM EST Rap Genius, the online lyric site with financial backing from Silicon Valley heavyweights, has signed its first licensing deal. Billboard has learned the Brooklyn-based startup has a licensing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. A Rap Ge ...

  8. NMPA Targets Unlicensed Lyric Sites, Rap Genius Among 50 Sent Take-Down Notices

    November 11, 2013 1:30 PM EST The National Music Publishers Association on Monday fired an opening salvo at lyric sites that it believes have not obtained licenses to publish those lyrics, including Rap Genius, a high-flying New York startup that last year landed a $15 ...

  9. New Pandora CEO Faces Royalty Fight with Artists

    September 12, 2013 2:33 PM EDT One of the biggest challenges facing Brian McAndrews, the new CEO of Pandora, will be renegotiating the royalty rates the Internet radio giant pays to the music industry. If Pandora doesn't prevail, the outcome could impede the company' ...

  10. RIAA, NMPA Laud White House's New Intellectual Property Enforcement Plan

    June 20, 2013 3:39 PM EDT White House Encourages Greater Intellectual Property Enforcement   A report released Thursday by the office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) provides an update on the White House's efforts to address online p ...

  11. NMPA President and CEO David Israelite to Retain Position Through 2018

    June 18, 2013 12:54 PM EDT David Israelite, the president and CEO of the National Music Publishers' Association since 2005, will retain his position through 2018, the organization's board of directors announced today. “David has been an exceptional leader for th ...

  12. NMPA: David Israelite, RIAA's Cary Sherman Work to Mend Fences Between Publishers, Labels

    June 13, 2013 11:39 AM EDT At the National Music Publishers' Association annual meeting yesterday at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, NMPA president David Israelite pointed out that the music industry has moved beyond the period of copyright theft and denial of ...

  13. ASCAP, NMPA Respond to Pandora's Acquisition of Radio Station

    June 12, 2013 11:29 AM EDT ASCAP and the National Music Publishers' Association have responded harshly to Pandora's purchase of a small-market radio station in an attempt to lower its ASCAP royalties.   Pandora announced Tuesday it has purchased KXMZ-FM in Rapid ...

  14. House Judiciary Committee to Conduct Comprehensive Review of Copyright Law

    April 24, 2013 6:53 PM EDT Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday the committee will conduct a comprehensive review of US copyright law in the coming months. “The goal of these hearings will be to determine whether the laws are ...

  15. Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress

    January 20, 2013 3:05 PM EST From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. ...

  16. Pandora Sues ASCAP for Lower Rates

    November 06, 2012 12:29 PM EST Internet radio company Pandora has sued ASCAP in a federal court in New York in an effort to get lower rates for the performance of ASCAP's songwriters' and composers' works. The move is the latest by the Internet radio company to l ...

  17. Amazon Improves Its Cloud Service

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Amazon's Cloud Player gets a major-label upgrade Cloud music is getting smarter - and may soon get more mainstream. On July 31 Amazon launched a fully licensed scan-and-match cloud music service, giving it the same features as Apple's cl ...

  18. YouTube Seeks Label Aid to Secure Artists' Publishing Rights for Videos

    June 21, 2012 7:20 PM EDT YouTube seeks label aid to secure artists' publishing rights for videos YouTube's appearance at the "Indie Week" convention recently held by the American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM) in New York was the meet's best-at ...

  19. NMPA CEO David Israelite On What He'll Discuss At Annual Meeting

    June 12, 2012 8:46 PM EDT As music publishers convene in New York Wednesday for the National Music Publishers Assn. (NMPA) annual meeting, NMPA president/CEO David Israelite says he will address some of the same issues that he covered in his Congressional testimony last we ...

  20. Copyright Royalty Board To Set Mechanical Royalty Rates For Digital Music Services

    April 11, 2012 3:08 PM EDT In a major settlement between the music industry trade associations for record labels, music publishers and digital music providers, the Copyright Royalty Board, is expected to maintain the mechanical rate structure set forth from prior proceeding ...

  21. Billboard Reveals the 2012 Power 100

    January 27, 2012 1:30 PM EST Billboard found something else that Irving Azoff, executive chairman of Live Nation, can sit atop: In the January 28 issue of the magazine, Billboard unveils the Power 100, a ranking of the most powerful people in the music business. See the Billb ...

  22. Billboard Power 100: David Israelite

    January 26, 2012 11:18 PM EST No. 95 David Israelite President/CEO National Music Publishers' Assn. Leading Voice of Publishers... Once upon a time, music publishers were often treated as second-class citizens by the more glamorous record labels. But since the turn of the ...

  23. SOPA/Protect-IP Acts Fuels the Fire of Disgruntled Music Fans: Guest Column by Manager Ryan Chisholm

    December 07, 2011 6:15 PM EST (Following is a guest column from Ryan Chisholm, a manager at Bill Silva Entertainment in Los Angeles, in response to an earlier guest column by NMPA President/CEO David Israelite . Billboard.biz welcomes guest commentary--please contact Billboard ...

  24. Billboard FutureSound: NMPA, Muve, SoundExchange, More Talk the Challenges of Music Licensing in the Digital Age

    November 18, 2011 5:34 PM EST President/CEO of NMPA David Israelite, SVP of Muve Music Jeff Toig, SVP of Business Affairs & Business Development of Music Reports Les Watkins, CEO of Wolfgang's Vault Bill Sagan, and FutureSound's Antony Bruno (Photo: Arnold Turner ...

  25. Backbeat: RIAA & NMPA's Post-CMA Party Draws Industry Execs From SESAC, The Recording Academy & More

    November 16, 2011 8:01 AM EST Nashville Songwriters Association International President Steve Bogard, RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman. (Photo: Susan Adcock) Give the Gift of Music "Countdown to CMAs" contest winner Jennifer Dotson, RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary S ...

  26. David Israelite, NMPA President's Guest Post: Why Music Publishers Must Adopt Blanket Licensing

    June 24, 2011 1:19 PM EDT National Music Publishers' Assn. president/CEO David Israelite told NMPA members during the trade group's June 16 annual meeting that the lack of blanket licensing for U.S. mechanical and synchronization rights is robbing publishers of g ...

  27. Jim Routh from Smule Guest Post: Why Blanket Licensing Legislation Is Not the Answer to Publishing Quandary

    June 24, 2011 12:06 PM EDT Jim Routh, VP of Business Development at Smule , a leading mobile social app company, has over 18-years experience in business development and product management in software, web services, mobile ventures. He is responsible for managing all Smule& ...

  28. President of NMPA Calls for Blanket Licensing of Mechanical and Sync Rights

    June 16, 2011 11:37 AM EDT At the National Music Publishers Association's annual meeting yesterday (June 15), president and CEO David Israelite urged members that now is the time to create U.S. blanket-licensing solutions for digital music service providers seeking mec ...

  29. Australian Govt Pledges To Back Songwriters

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artists, get to work on your songs. Everything else is window-dressing. That was the overriding theme of the second bi-annual APRA Song Summit, held in Sydney. Peter Garrett , the rock star-turned politician, gave the three-day creative, business ...

  30. NMP Chief Discusses Legal Success At Annual Convention Meeting

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the last five years, the National Music Publishers Assn. invested $39 million on legal fees and litigation to protect songwriters and music publishers’ copyrights and as a result of those efforts the music publishing community has received back ...

  31. Publishers Sue Limewire

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Limewire now has more legal problem on its hands. As the P2P prepares its argument against the RIAA’s request that a federal judge shutdown its operation permanently, it now must content with a just filed lawsuit from eight music publishers. The j ...

  32. Obama Adminstration Pledges Anti-Piracy Help

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST President Obama's administration continues to reassure the movie, music, television, newspaper and other creative communities that it takes seriously its responsibility to enforce laws against the piracy of intellectual content. In a meeting ...

  33. Israelite Contract With NMPA Extended

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST The contract of National Music Publishers Assn. president and CEO David Israelite has been extended through 2014 by the group's board of directors. NMPA board of directors chairman Irwin Robinson said Isrealite has been "exceptional in s ...

  34. Publishers File Suit Against Lyric Sites

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peermusic, Warner/Chappell and Bug Music filed copyright infringement lawsuits today against two businesses exploiting unlicensed lyrics for profit through their operation of four Web sites. The lawsuits alleged that LiveUniverse, Inc. and its own ...

  35. NMPA Vows To Continue YouTube Fight

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers of America’s top legislative initiative for this year is to get law written that will clarify that there is a performance right for audio-visual downloads, the organization’s president and CEO David Israelite said at ...

  36. Copyright Royalty Board Issues Decision

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board is standing pat with the 9.1 cents mechanical royalty song rate for both physical and digital albums, sources say. Meanwhile, it is setting the mastertone rate at 24 cents, according to sources. The Board also adopted t ...

  37. Q&A: NMPA's David Israelite

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Just back from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, National Music Publishers' Assn. president/CEO David Israelite sounds refreshed and ready for what could turn out to be a busy autumn. Front and center on his agenda: an October Copyright R ...

  38. Israelite Confirms Royalty Rates Breakthroughs

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The publishers, record labels and digital music providers have hammered out a settlement on two of the five royalty rates currently scheduled to be set this October by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), according to National Music Publishers& ...

  39. NMPA Honors Amy Lee, Sen. Leahy

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers' Assn. will honor Grammy Award-winning songwriter/singer Amy Lee with its 2008 Songwriter Icon Award and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) with the 2008 President's Award. The group will present Lee with her award ...

  40. NMPA Salutes Sedaka, Berman

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Neil Sedaka will be the recipient of the National Music Publishers' Assn. Songwriter Icon Award to be presented at the trade group's annual meeting on June 6 in New York City. Congressman Howard Berman, D-Calif., will be receiving the Pr ...

  41. Publishers Sue XM Satellite Radio

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A group of music publishers sued XM Satellite Radio over the XM + MP3 service late today (March 22). EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Sony/ATV Music and Famous Music claim they want to "put an end to the pervasive and willful copy ...

  42. NMPA Extends Israelite's Term

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT David Israelite, president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn., has accepted a contract extension to continue leading the organization through 2010. The 18-member NMPA board of directors, made up of executives with indie and major mus ...

  43. Behind the Deal: Digital Music Licensing Hearing

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Representatives for music publishers, songwriters, labels and digital media companies testified before members of Congress March 8 discussing their views on necessary changes to the Copyright Act's co Representatives for music publishers, son ...

  44. Behind the Deal: Digital Music Licensing Hearing

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Representatives for music publishers, songwriters, labels and digital media companies testified before members of Congress March 8 discussing their views on necessary changes to the Copyright Act's co Representatives for music publishers, son ...

  45. NMPA Mulls Blanket License For Sub Services

    March 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST The head of the National Music Publishers' Assn. told House lawmakers yesterday (March 8) that the group is open to licensing changes and has entered into discussions with labels and online companies The head of the National Music Publishers& ...

  46. NMPA Names VP/Counsel

    March 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST David Israelite, the new president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn., has named Berkley Etheridge as VP/counsel. David Israelite, the new president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn., has named Berkley Etheridge as VP/ ...

  47. NMPA Names VP/Counsel

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST David Israelite, the new president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn., has named Berkley Etheridge as VP/counsel. David Israelite, the new president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn., has named Berkley Etheridge as VP/ ...

  48. Israelite New NMPA President

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music publishers have reached inside the Bush administration to tap one of the most influential advocates on Capitol Hill for their team. NEW YORK -- Music publishers have reached inside the Bush administration to tap one of the most influential a ...

  49. Israelite To Take Over As NMPA Chief

    February 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST David Israelite, deputy chief of staff and counselor to the U.S. Attorney General, will become president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn. on Feb. 7, Billboard.biz has learned. David Israelite, deputy chief of staff and counselor to ...

  50. Behind the Deal: An Interview with David Israelite, Intellectual Property Task Force Chairman

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice in March 2004 launched the Intellectual Property Task Force to examine enforcement and explore ways to further protect copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets. The U.S. Department of Justice in March 2004 l ...

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